Dodge Tool


How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Lesson Info

Dodge Tool

They call me seniors a and now when I'm looking at this, I'm thinking this is a little hard to read because it's really light, so we have a couple of ways that we can darken this glitter, we can select the glitter layer and I'm clicking on the glitter thumbnail, not the mask, okay, the actual glitter, and then we could do a levels adjustment like we did when we adjusted the exposure of this image so let's, try that so let's go to enhance and adjust lighting levels or the short cut is command or control l for levels, and I'm just gonna move this so we can see I'm going to drag this mid tone slider here, and when it drag it to the right and dark in it, you can see if I go like, really far, it basically turns black, so maybe I just darken it so it's a little easier to read, ok? And now that's darkening the whole layer of glitter all the same. So maybe I like that effect or if I don't, I can cancel it. Another thing that we could dio is we can use something called the burn tool, so over he...

re, in our tool bar by default, we've got what looks like a black lollipop. This is the dodge tool and if you've ever worked in a dark room this is actually what the tool looked like it was very sophisticated it it was made out of a dowell and some black construction paper or you can use you could use a piece of like a coat rack of hangar like wire you you you could use anything but it was basically the cheapest tool you could ever have is often but that's what it looked like aah! Black lollipop this tool is actually going to lighten things so we want to do the opposite of that so once I've got this selected I can come down here and see that there's actually a tool family here all of these almost all of these tools they're not single tools they come with families and so they're in little grouping so this family I call it the oh family because if you hover your cursor you'll see the name of the tool and then in parentheses let me go back here and parentheses come on thirties it says the letter o that o is referring to the keyboard shortcut that will pull up that family of tools so for example, if I have the move tool and I want the oh family tools I'm going to just press oh and you see how it switched so once I've got the oh family then I can look down here in my options and I can see a look it's a family of three and it has the dodge tool, the sponge tool and this guy here is the burn tool. So that's what we want if you wanted dark and things, if you want to be able to paint like like with a paint brush and just dark and things selectively where you want, then this is a great tool for that. So many grabbed the burn tool I can control the size of my brush with the slider here or with those bracket keys like I mentioned before, so that left bracket key makes the cursor smaller. The right bracket key makes the brush bigger, so we'll just go, like, somewhere around here and then down here, this is the exposure slider. This determines how extreme of ah effect we're going to have. So if we air like we want to just torch this thing it's like but a knob on your toaster, do you want your toast really dark or just kind of, like slightly toasted on dh? This tool in this case works best when it's pretty low because you don't want to just burn your toast, even if you want it, you think pretty dark it's better to just lightly toasted over and over than it is to just torch it. So we want to set it to maybe ten to twenty percent in this case, so I'll leave it at seventeen I'm going to press command or control plus to them in a little conceit I'll make sure that I'm on the glitter layer because you have to have the layer that you're trying tio at it, you have to have it active, so if I'm tryingto burn something and I've got like the mustache active, then on lee, the mustache is going to get affected, so I want to be burning the glitter so I'm on the glitter layer and then I can come over here and just paint, so I'm just clicking and dragging with my mouth too dark in this is very subtle, so I'm not sure you can see very well, but I kind of just want to go around the edges where it's a little bit brighter and just darken it up so I can have more control than if I was just darkening the entire layer at once makes sense and maybe this glitter layer we never did transform it so it's rather large on our whole composition, so the texture of the glitter is actually really big and that might be helping to make it a little hard to see so let's go ahead and scale that down the way we did the watercolor, so again I'm going to transform it with commander control team and we don't see the box at all because it's big, so I'll press commander control zero to scoot back and we can see the box so I'll pick this corner out here and I'm just going to click and drag inwards who and you see what's happening it's getting all messed up and the reason that that's happening and I'm glad that I get to show you this is because it's transforming the glitter and the mask see this little button right here. This is the link and it's connecting them, and sometimes you want that, but in this case, we want to leave them ask alone. So I'm going to cancel this and I'm going toe unlinked them by clicking that button. Now I can transform the glitter and the mask will just stay where it is. So let's, do this again. Commander control pete! Commander controls zero get back! We were already there and then I'm going to click and drag inward. And if I hold ault or option, it will come in from all four sides so it just makes it a little easier. Okay, we've got to be big enough to at least cover the exclamation mark it's all right, and then will commit it. And now, let's, zoom in with commander control. Plus, oh, yeah, I think that's way easier to read. And then, if I want to darken it, let's, bring up levels again, enhance just lighting levels. Maybe I just do something like that are yeah, but it's way easier to read. Good deal.

Class Description

Everyone has heard of Adobe® Photoshop®, but have you met its easy-to-use counterpart, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements?

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is the perfect tool for hobbyists and beginners who are looking for a simplified introduction to image editing and organization.

In this class, Khara Plicanic will get you started in this easy-to-use program. You’ll learn about everything from organizing your image collection to retouching to adding graphics. Khara will help you discover the function and features that make Adobe® Photoshop® Elements an awesome solution for folks who don’t need all the bells and whistles.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015